Contact Shannon Stevens regarding youth/teen camps.
Early Childhood Programs
Phase 2 of the Lakefront Park Bluff Stabilization and Ramp Improvements to Begin
Construction for the second phase of the bluff stabilization and access road improvements will begin on Monday, September 11.
August Lifeguard Info & Beach Hours
August Lifeguard Info & Beach Hours
Registration is Open for Fall Events, Programs, and Special Events
Registration is open for residents and non-residents!
Lakefront Park Playground and Tennis Courts Now Open
Our brand-new Lakefront Park playground is now open!
SIX New Pickleball Courts at Watts
Outside of the ice season, the main rink at Watts Center will now feature six sports courts that are specifically designed for the game of pickleball.
Normal Operations Resumed
All participants, teachers, and staff remain safe and well, and all normal operations have resumed.
Construction Projects Start April 3
Monday marks the kick-off of several major projects, including the Retaining Wall and Ramp Repairs at Glencoe Beach, Lakefront Park Tennis and Playground renovation, and Watts Center renovation.
Bluff Stabilization and Ramp Repairs
With help from the State of Illinois Boat Access Area Development (BAAD) and Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO) grants, the Village of Glencoe and the Glencoe Park District will embark on a comprehensive improvement project to repair the ramp and improve bluff stabilization measures.
Glencoe Park District awarded Urban Forestry Funding
Glencoe Park District was awarded a $7,250 grant to complete tree inventories and develop a management plan for its urban forest.
Registration for all spring/summer activities and passes will start at 7 AM on Thursday, March 9 for Glencoe residents. Non-resident registration will start at 9 AM on Monday, March 13.
Watts Renovation To Start This Spring
The renovation will activate inaccessible program space and update aging mechanical systems while addressing accessibility and space constraints.
Friday, December 23 Weather Closures
Glencoe Park District will be open with modified business and programming hours today, Friday, December 23, for the following programs School Day Off at Watts and Glencoe Fitness. Children's Circle, Preschool Day Off, and skating at the Watts ice rinks will be closed today.
December 22 Weather Closure
Due to the snowfall, high winds, and low temperatures predicted this afternoon/evening, the Glencoe Park District is closing all facilities and canceling all programs starting at 1 PM today, December 22.
Sign up for GPD Text Alerts!
The Glencoe Park District now offers SMS message alerts when registered programs, activities, and special events are canceled or changed.
New ePact Software
ePACT is a secure digital solution that allows you to quickly share the health and emergency information we need, and also provides us with powerful communication tools to ensure we have a way to message you in the event of an illness, injury, or larger-scale emergency.
Winter & Camp Guide is here!
Winter in Glencoe has something for everyone! Registration for all activities will start at 7 AM on Thursday, December 1 for Glencoe residents. Non-resident registration will start at 9 AM on Monday, December 5.
Great Mud Run Results
Over 400 runners completed today's Great Mud Run event!
September 12, 2022 Community Input Meeting
Share your thoughts on the West Park renovation plans.
Labor Day Marks End of Season
Glencoe Beach and Duke Park amenities close for the season on September 5
Join the Park Board of Commissioners
The Park District is looking for Glencoe residents interested in serving as a Park Board of Commissioner.
Be Part of Watts History
With plans to renovate the facility in 2023 escalating, a number of additional amenities outside the project budget may be added if donors are acquired.
Free Skin Cancer Screenings
Visit Lakefront Park on August 13 or 14 for a free skin cancer screening at the Destination Skin Care truck.
Green Bay Trail Update
Village to improve trail crossing at Hazel Avenue starting August 8.
Designs for Lakefront Park Renovation Approved
At the July 19, 2022 Park Board meeting, Commissioners approved design options for the Lakefront Park Racquet Courts and Playground renovation.
Rotary Fun Run Results
Here are the results from the July 4 Rotary Fun Run. Thank you to all that participated and joined the race!
Programs/Facilities Open July 6
All Glencoe Park District programs and facilities will resume on Wednesday, July 6 at normally scheduled times.
Parade Canceled; Beach Closed
Due to recent events, Village of Glencoe Parade is canceled.
Time To Process
To allow our community and staff time to process this tragic event, all Glencoe Park District facilities will be closed, and all programs cancelled for tomorrow, Tuesday, July 5.
Watts Renovation Bid Update
Bids for the project were higher then expected, so the Board decided to put the project on hold.
Glencoe's Independence Day Celebration
Now TWO days of fun! Fireworks, music and fun on July 3, plus Rotary Fun Run, Family Games, Village Parade and Beach Party on July 4.
Court Closures for Cleaning
The tennis courts at Central, Shelton, Watts, West and Lakefront Park, along with the basketball courts at Kalk, will be closed for cleaning.
New Pier Coming Soon
The Glencoe Park District Board of Commissioners has approved repairs to the pier at Glencoe Beach. The pier will be closed until Memorial Day weekend while work takes place.
Updated COVID-19 Guidance
The Illinois Department of Public Health updated COVID-19 guidelines on March 24.
Early Childhood Programs now Mask Recommended Environment
Last night, our Board of Park Commissioners decided that our Early Childhood wing will continue to follow the DCFS, CDC, and IDPH guidance. This means that as of today, March 2, 2022, our wing is a mask-recommended environment.
Spring/Summer Digital Guide Now Available
We're offering a fresh slate of activities and fun this spring! Registration for spring/summer programs and beach passes starts at 7 AM on Thursday, March 10 for Glencoe residents. Non-resident registration starts Monday, March 14 at 9 AM.
Face Masks/Vaccine Cards will no longer be required for most activities (excluding Early Childhood programs)
Watts Season Extended
Due to cold temperatures, the Watts rinks will stay open until March 6.
Lakefront Park Community Meeting Recap
Watch the Lakefront Park Community meeting and share your feedback in the link.
Community Meeting for Lakefront Park
The Board would like to invite the community to share ideas about the park at the Tuesday, February 22, 2022 Community Meeting on the Lakefront Park Courts and Playground held at the Takiff Center at 7 p.m.
Watts Building to Re-Open
Inside open to public beginning Thursday, February 10
Weather Closure Notifications
In the event of inclement weather, we will make a closure decision by 7 AM for morning programs.
Quarantine & Isolation Guidelines
Our programs and facilities will continue to follow the CDC guidelines.
Face Coverings Required
Face coverings are required all all indoor Glencoe Park District facilities. Proof of vaccination must be shown by participants over age 18.
Vaccine Mandate Update
December 31 Guidance from Cook County
Vaccination & Mask Requirements
Effective January 3, 2022
The Glencoe Park District Board of Commissioners is considering selling a parcel of inaccessible land near Green Bay Road.
Cook County has updated their guidelines.
Updated Plans for Watts
Architects from Wight shared updated designs for the upcoming Watts Recreational Center remodel at the Board of Commissioner's December 7 meeting.
Prescribed Burn at Glencoe Parks
The controlled burn will be done on November 23.
Be Part of the Lakefront Park Design
Seeking Community Feedback
Be Part of the Lakefront Park Design Process
The Glencoe Park District is making plans to renovate the tennis courts at Lakefront Park and would like your feedback!
The Great Mud Run Results
We have the results!
Carol Spain Sworn in as Park Commissioner
At the September 20 Board of Commissioners meeting, Carol Spain was appointed as the District's newest Commissioner.
Youth Program Changes
Together with District 35, we’ve made the difficult decision to delay the start of certain after-school programming by one week.
West Park Design Concept
On August 3, 2021, the Glencoe Park District hosted a Community Input Meeting to share initial design concepts for West Park (adjacent to West School at Forestway and Dundee roads).
Masks are no longer required outdoors.
Community Input for West Park Renovations
The Glencoe Park District Board of Commissioners approved developing a plan for renovations to West Park.
Board of Commissioners Now Seeking Applicants
The Park Board is looking for interested candidates to fill the vacancy on the Park Board left by Brandon Hinkle, who resigned due to a move out of state.
Celebrate Independence Day in Glencoe
We're celebrating Independence Day with a fun run, preschool and family games, a parade, and live music!
Masks Required in Public Areas
After reviewing updated CDC and State of Illinois face mask recommendations, the Glencoe Park District Board of Commissioners has approved new guidelines.
Thank you, Josh and Dudley
Thank you to our retiring commissioners, Dudley Onderdonk (2015-2021) and Josh Lutton (2017-2021).
Mask Update for Vaccinated
Yesterday the CDC announced that
The staircase leading to the Perlman Boating Beach is scheduled for replacement starting in April.
South Overlook Update
We’re pleased to announce that the Glencoe Park District Board of Commissioners has begun repairs to the South Overlook (the Hazel Avenue overlook at Lakefront Park).
Summer Projects at the Beach
South Overlook, boat house stairs and beach improvements to be done over the summer.
Every Day Outside
100 Day Challenge
July 4th Fireworks rescheduled to Labor Day Weekend.
Kalk Park Phase 2
New drainage being installed
Glencoe Park District Receives $2,500,000 in State Funding to Renovate Watts
Watts one of 17 projects awarded Parc Grant
Glencoe Honey Now For Sale
Organic honey, harvested behind the Takiff Center, is now available for purchase!
Duke Park Now Open
Construction of the new playground, which is located near Lincoln and Crescent Drives, is now complete.
2020 in Review
As 2020 comes to a close, here's a look back at the challenges and celebrations Glencoe Park District faced.
Winter Registration January 5
We are excited to offer a wide variety of online and in-person programs this winter, beginning the week of January 18.
14 day quarantine recommended before returning to programs.
Glencoe Holiday Light Tour
Decorate your home for the holidays and help spread some cheer to Glencoe this year!
Watts Ice Rink Open Friday
With the state's move to Tier 3, there are a number of new restrictions Watts users must follow.
District 35 Remote Learning Shift
Kids Club Essential Enrichment Camp to offer full day care; Early Learning Center Preschool to offer remote learning.
New Tier 3 Mitigations
Updated November 18, 2020
New Watts Waitlist
Current state guidelines stipulate 50% capacity or 50 people or fewer at a facility.
Watts Season Passes Sold Out
Watts season passes are now SOLD OUT and the waitlist is full.
Watts Season Passes
We’re pleased to open the Watts ice rinks on Friday, November 27.
November / Decembr Classes Available Online
The Glencoe Park District’s digital November/December Fall Program Guide of available classes will be available to view on Wednesday, October 14 after 2 PM.
Board Approves General Obligation Limited Tax Bonds for Park Improvements
Bonds will help fund over $6 Million in park improvements over the next 3 years.
Schuman Overlook Repairs
The Glencoe Park District Board of Commissioners approved the commencement of repairs to the Schuman Overlook (the Park Avenue overlook at Lakefront Park).
Glencoe Park District Retains AAA Credit Rating from Moody's Investor Services
Park District financial outlooks is stable.
Construction Started on Duke Park
New playground is now under construction.
Cardboard Regetta: Rules and Registration
On Friday, August 7, turn paper and duct tape into a seaworthy vessel!
Public Beach Protection Pilot Program Update
The Army Corps of Engineers has approved the Pilot Project for Section 1122 for communities in Glencoe, Lake Bluff, North Chicago, and Evanston!
Park 7N Progress
The Glencoe Park District continues to discuss Park 7n with residents both in favor and concerned about the move of the Booth Cottage.
FAQs: Booth Cottage on Park 7N
Get some of your frequently asked questions answered.
Glencoe Historical Society Land Lease Approved
Park 7N Land Lease Approved for Relocation of Frank Lloyd Wright's Booth Cottage
Governor Awards Oslad Grant to Connect Glencoe Project
$400,000 Grant to help fund trail project.
Frank Lloyd Wright's Booth Cottage Update
Community Input Meeting Tuesday, January 21 at 7 pm
Dog Park Task Force Decision
Last February, we began a community conversation about adding a dog park to Glencoe.
Task Force Meeting Minutes
Over the course of several months, the Dog Park Task Force explored six potential sites in Glencoe.
Dog Park Task Force Update
After many months of work, the Dog Park Task Force is prepared to present its findings and recommendation to the Park Board of Commissioners on Tuesday, January 7 at 7:00 pm.
Connect Glencoe Awarded $667,150 TAP-L Grant
On October 10, the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning (CMAP) Board of Directors and the Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) Policy Committee approved the FFY 2020-2022 locally programmed Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP-L).
Lincoln & Crescent Playground now Duke Park
The playground at the corner of Lincoln and Crescent Drive is getting a new name.
Board Approves Lincoln Playground Design
At the August 20 Board of Commissioners meeting, plans for Lincoln Playground were approved.
Connect Glencoe Awarded $200,000 State Grant
Bike path grants will support development and land acquisition for bike trails in seven counties.
Glencoe Park District Dog Park Task Force Application
The Glencoe Park District Board is seeking volunteers to serve on a three month task force to explore the feasibility of dog park sites throughout Glencoe.
Potential Dog Park Sites Discussed
The Glencoe Park District Committee of the Whole met on May 7, 2019 to discuss the feasibility of a Dog Park in Glencoe.
Board Discussion on Community Dog Park
The Board of Commissioners will discuss a potential community dog park at their May 7 Committee meeting.
Board Approves Connect Glencoe Architect
The architect has been chosen.
Connect Glencoe Grant Applications Submitted
Board Refines Phase 1 of Connect Glencoe
Community Dog Park Meeting Recap
Here's the presentation and results from the February 12 community meeting, which was shared with the Board of Commissioners at their March 2019 Special Projects and Facilities meeting.
Connect Glencoe Site Master Plan Approved
The Board of Commissioners officially accepts the Master Plan for the Old Green Bay Road Linear Park System.
Community Input Meeting
Glencoe Invited to Share Ideas
Registration is open!
Are you ready for a summer of adventure? This year brings back many of your favorite activities and special events, as well as new field trips, extended day options, and multiple session options. Your child will have a fun-filled summer full of new friends, activities, and educational opportunities.
Deposit: Some camps offer a $200 non-refundable deposit at registration; the remaining balance will be billed equally on April 3 and May 1. If you register after April 1, 2023, you must pay the balance in full at registration.
Paperwork: We are using a new software solution to securely collect health and emergency contact information from camp participants. When you register for camp, expect an invitation from ePact within one business day for EACH family member that is registered for a camp program. You then simply create an ePACT account and follow the prompts. You can learn more here.
Refunds: Refunds will be issued if requested at least (7) seven days before the start date of a camp, less a service fee of 20% of your total camp cost, with a max of $200 per camp. Note: If you drop your child from a camp less than (7) seven days prior to the start date of camp, NO REFUND will be issued. Scholarship recipients must register in person. Prorating cannot be done for camps. Transferring between camps will be allowed, but only for the same number of weeks.
Vacation Rebate: The Park District will allow a one-week Vacation Rebate for any child attending a full eight-week camp. The deadline for submitting a Vacation Rebate request form is May 1, 2023. Rebates will be issued in mid-August.
Click on the arrows below to read more about our 2023 summer camps!
Under Age 2
Are you new to Glencoe? Looking to meet your neighbors while introducing your little one to friends? Join us each week to meet your neighbors and introduce your little one to a classroom environment. Spend quality time with your baby bear as they enjoy stories, songs, and sunshine with their first friends. Each week, toddlers and parents/caregivers will meet in the classroom and then enjoy playground time at Takiff Center.
Two's and not-quite twos join the summer fun in this friendly first-camp program. Our experienced teachers keep things relaxed with careful attention and sensitivity to these first time campers. Singing, painting, and playtime keep your little ones happy and busy as they make friends and take steps toward independence.
Summer fun means arts and crafts, making friends, music, and lots of playtime. That's what our three-year-old Panda campers have to look forward to. Add a little running in the sprinklers, a little fun in the sun, and a satisfying dose of paint and glitter, and you've got the recipe for a happy camper! No camp: July 4.
Koala camp ramps up the summer fun with water play, music, walking trips, and theme days. We provide refrigeration for lunches on site. Your Koala will be excited to go to local parks on walking trips, beach days at our beautiful Glencoe Beach, picnics at Takiff, sprinklers and in house performers to get them moving and grooving this summer. No camp: July 4.
A high-energy camp for almost-kindergartners, Kinder Korner Camp is a great place to make friends, move muscles, and challenge imagination. Singing, games, and crafts are based on weekly themes custom-made for busy 5-year-olds. Kinder Korner Camp hits the trail with trips to the beach, walking trips to parks, and more! We will have some fun romping and stomping with performances by some of our favorite musicians. We provide refrigeration for lunches when on site. No camp: July 4.
Ready for a day of fun in the sun? Every day brings something new, including arts and crafts, sports, and special events. We will have trips to the beach, field trips, special guests and more! We will provide refrigeration for lunches on site. No camp: July 4.
High energy and overflowing with choices, Camp Adventure meets your need for independence and variety! Campers have full use of athletic fields, a dedicated space for arts and crafts, and more. Plus, campers will enjoy field trips, visits to the beach, cook-outs, special guests, special events and more! We will provide refrigeration for lunches on site. No camp: July 4.
Get in on the action with the camp that's always on the go! Join us each week as we take a relaxing trip to Glencoe Beach, participate in special events, and travel to exciting field trips including water parks, Chicago sports games, Six Flags and more! No camp: July 4.
This hands-on program will provide you with the skills needed to be an effective leader when working with children. We offer three different CIT programs, click on the links below to learn more about each program. No camp: July 4.
SAILING & AQUATICS CAMP
Spend the summer learning kayaking, sailing, and stand-up paddle boarding skills. Excel as a skipper on one of our Opti or RS Quba sailboats. During each session, campers will learn water-related safety lessons and receive on-water instruction. No camp: July 4.
GAME ON! SPORTS CAMPS
Learn and play multiple sports daily in a warm, fun and empowering environment. This year, we will offer Game On! 4 Girls, Game On! 4 Boys, and Game On! Middle School Sports & Leadership 4 Girls. camps. No camp: July 4.
We offer preschool, kindergarten, and youth extension camps to keep the summer fun going!
new! Art Camp for Grades 2-6
This unique camp experience is for kids who love art! Campers will enjoy a variety of art mediums, including ceramics, mixed media, drawing, and painting. Camp will also visit the Glencoe Beach and an art museum.
Extra innings Summer Camp (Ages 3-12)
Wrap up your summer with baseball fun. Players will improve their skills by revisiting fundamentals with drills and playing daily baseball games. You can sign up for one or two weeks. Players will be divided by age and ability level.
Jewelry Making Camp for Grades 1-4
Design and create your very own handmade necklaces, bracelets, and earrings out of polymer clay. Learn from real designers in the industry, and leave camp wearing your handmade creations. No experience necessary.
Sewing & Fashion Design Camp (Grades 1-4)
Learn how to use a sewing machine, sew garments from scratch, and see your designs come to life! The week ends with a fashion show. Students can bring their own sewing machine or a machine will be provided. No sewing experience required. All materials are included. Campers can participate in morning and afternoon session, as projects will differ.
new! Beach Volleyball Camp (Ages 8-14)
Develop volleyball skills, strategy, and technique with the coaches of Hot Shots Sports! Players receive a solid foundation on the fundamental skills of volleyball through active drills and daily scrimmages.